He has become one of the most talked-about players in the CFL; and unfortunately, it’s not always in a manner he’d prefer.
Regardless of what might be said of him, Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce was back on the field in Week 17, and it should come as no surprise that his teammates came up with an inspired effort, defeating the Argonauts 44-32 on Friday night.
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In the dying moments of their Week 17 win over the Toronto Argonauts, Bombers QB Buck Pierce delivered an awe-inspiring speech in a huddle, one that impressed and motivated each of his teammates.
Pierce’s history of injury is well documented- too well documented for his liking - and whether he is “injury prone” or just one of the unluckiest athletes in North America is open to debate(I tend to lean to the latter.)
What can’t be debated is Pierce’s competitive nature, and the abundant leadership qualities that he possesses. The Blue Bombers are a different team when Pierce is at the helm, and his teammates on both offence and defence testify to that on a regular basis.
Running back Chad Simpson says an example of the intangibles Pierce provides came during a fire and brimstone lecture that he gave in the huddle in the dying seconds of the victory in Toronto.
“Buck gave us a great speech, it was like something out of a movie, and I just looked around in the huddle, and everybody just wanted to be the guy to keep the drive going,” Simpson told the CJOB radio post-game show.
“He told us to focus, and it was just how he said it and how he was looking at it. You could see it in his eyes, everything he said was from the heart, and you just wanted to be the guy to make the play.”
The first-year tailback said it made his hair stand on end.
Simpson was one of the stars of the Bombers’ win at Rogers Center, running the ball for 136 of Winnipeg’s 260 rushing yards. Will Ford added 85 along the ground and quarterback Alex Brink, piloting a wildcat series, added 31.
Pierce’s passing numbers were a modest 13 of 22 for 200 yards. But head coach Tim Burke gave the game ball to his quarterback, saying “his character, his leadership just shines through….the team was pumped for him, he just lifts this team up.”
Pierce defended the team and the Blue Bomber logo after the game.
Bob Irving has covered the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for CJOB Radio in Winnipeg since 1973. Bob is the Sports Director at CJOB and is in the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, reporters division. Follow Bob on Twitter @BobIrvingCJOB